Forrest Event Expo

OFFICIAL EVENT PROGRAM: The event program is essential reading for all event attendees and covers details like event schedule, course descriptions, car parking and more. Read it HERE.


COVID REQUIREMENTS – FULLY VACCINATED ONLY – We take the risks of COVID-19 very seriously and follow the Government’s restrictions for events and group gatherings which mandate that ALL EVENT ATTENDEES over the age of 18 years who attend on race day must be fully vaccinated, or have a valid medical exemption. All attendees must check-in and show proof of vaccination status on arrival at the event.


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Index to the information below

SPECTATORS AND SUPPORT CREWS ARE MOST WELCOME TO JOIN THE GRAVEL GRIND FUN! THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED SO YOU KNOW HOW, WHEN AND WHERE YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.

FINISH LINE AND EVENT CENTRE

Location: Forrest Football Ground, Forrest VIC

The Great Otway Gravel Grind is far more than ‘just another bike race’ as it includes a large event centre and sponsors expo at the Forrest Football ground on Saturday and Sunday – fun for the whole family! It attracts plenty of spectators and general public to the event and is the ideal place to park the family and your friends while you flog yourself around the course! Entry to the festival is FREE.

What’s on:

  • Finish line location for all races
  • Start location for 97km GOGG, 49km GOGG and MTB events
  • Sponsors expo and display stands


FOOD STALLS: 10AM – 5PM SATURDAY AND 8:30AM – 3:00PM SUNDAY

A wide range of stalls will be up and running in the expo, including items such as:

  • Coffee, smoothies, soft drink, water and more
  • BBQ food with sausages, hamburgers, egg and bacon rolls
  • Paela
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Pizzas
  • Forrest Brewery
  • Healthy rolls and salads


SPONSORS EXPO: 10AM – 6PM SATURDAY  AND 9AM – 2PM SUNDAY

All sponsors of the Otway Odyssey, as well as several other biking and tourism related companies will have stands at the Forrest Football Ground including:

  • Focus and Cervelo Bikes Australia – will be set up with a selection of their bikes and the opportunity to have a chat about their range of MTB, gravel, CX and road bikes
  • Bikecorp – displaying and retailing Michelin Tyres, Azure accessories and Super-B tools
  • Skratch – will have a range of hydration and nutrition products to try and buy
  • DT Swiss – showcasing their range of wheelsets
  • Krush bike wash – wash, try, buy their comprehensive range of bike care products
  • No Limit Cycle Repairs (Griffyn Branagh) will be set up to provide any last minute bike mechanical work you need
  • Sommet Recovery
  • No Limit Cycle Repairs (Griffyn Branagh) will be set up to provide any last minute bike mechanical work you need
  • a range of other sponsors.


FINISH LINE REFRESHMENTS – thanks to Top Bike Tours

All riders will receive a free can of soft drink after you finish your race thanks to the generous support of our friends at Topbike Tours – Emma Colson and David Olle. Please consider Top Bike’s riding tours when planning your next domestic and international dream holiday – including far north Queensland here in Australia . www.topbike.com.au


EVENT BAR THANKS TO THE FORREST BREWERY

The award winning local business – The Forrest Brewing Company – will be operating a thriving event bar in the middle of proceedings at the Footy Ground and we encourage everyone to kick back and relax with one of their beers at the end of your ride.


KIDS ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES: 10AM – 4PM SATURDAY ONLY

Kids will have plenty of things to keep them busy whilst mum or dad are out riding, with an arts and craft area and a massive jumping castle to use up all that boundless energy.

Plus there’s the Grommets ride and activities for little kids!

Bike Wash x2 – KRUSH and Bike Wash Australia

We are fortunate to have 2 bike washes set up at this years event so you can give your bike the love it deserves!:

  • Event sponsors KRUSH will have a hand bike wash set up throughout the weekend stocked with plenty of free product, water, buckets and brushes so you can give your bike some tender loving care
  • Bike Wash Australia will have their deluxe bike wash machine set up for everyone to use for a $5 donation that goes to the local trails. With hot water, pressure machines and even a blow dry function it is quick, easy and ultimate. www.bike-wash.com.au


FIRST AID

The Forrest Football Ground will be the central First Aid point for the event with onsite medical centre, Ambulance Victoria and trained paramedics to help you if you’ve come unstuck. Please respect that they must give priority to the more serious cases over simple cuts and grazes.

Live updates and results

Live race splits for all riders

Live timing splits will be uploaded to the website during the event. Any time you cross a timing mat your profile will be updated on the website so your friends and family back at home can track your progress. You can also track the progress of other riders to see how you compare. The link will be posted on the event homepage.

Live overall results will also be uploaded to the internet during the race so you can keep tabs on the overall and age group standings. The link will be posted on the event homepage. 


Live event updates on Instagram and Instagram #otwaydyssey

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for live event updates, sending photos and other race snippets from the Otway Odyssey, #otwayodyssey #GOGG. Tell your friends at home to follow Rapid Ascent on these social media platforms and feel free to join the conversation by tagging #otwayodyssey #GOGG and/or @rapidascent